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[applause] >> and now, "bbc worldews." jane: this is "bbc world news america."g reportinfrom washington, i am jane o'brien. i celebrationsn scoan after the untry's president of 30 years is toppled in a military coup. wikileaks founder julian assange is arrested in london. his lawyers say they will fight extradition to the uni states. >> this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations and journalists in europe and elsewhere around the world. >> well we didn't make it, but , we definitely try to. jane: the first privately fund mission to the moon ends in failure.
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the israeli spacecraftravels the distance, but it couldn't make the landing. welcome to our viewers on public a television in amerd around the globe. sudan is under a state of emergency this eveng after its long-standing president was ou omar al-bashir ruled the country for more than three decades and is being held in what described as a safe place. speaking on state tv, sudan's defense minister said that the will oversee a two-year transition period followed by elections. the bbc's africa editor fergal keane has more the revolution isn't over, itha simpla new enemy. the new boss, a general linked to past atrocities, announcing the old boss presidentha bashir,
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been overthrown. >> id announce that the h the old regime has been removed and is in a safe pce. we have managed the matters twoin ding the period of years. fergal: with a few words, he was deposed. in an age when civil society is challenging leaders across africa, the president had seemed unmovable. omar al-bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989 and survivedor 30 years through cunning and brutality. he was a mastemanipulator of his own party's factions. an indictment for gecide in darfur in 2010 was not enough to force his departure. he is a pariah in the west but ill welcomed in africa and the middle east. but a spiraling economic crisis awakened decades of resentment and created this people's revolution. in khartoum, his face was
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vanishing. for a generation that habuknown nothinbashir's rule, euphoria is understandable. >> to see bashir stedown is enough for us. oh, our young people, this is such a big joy. >> the protests will go on until the sudase people are assured that the revolution will not be stolen from them. fergal:nd ahat of these younger soldiers who sided with thers demonstrato? bufiring on thilding where they believed bashir loyalists were preparing an attack. would they accept that the old guard hijacked the revolution? the fractures are deep and dangerous. >> most of those people have been part and parcel of all the ladies. economical, socia freedom, law
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and order, and a tting. -- and everything. it is like old wine in new bottle fergal: sudan doesn't fit into an easy political template. military rulers, yes, but a civil society that is sophisticated and ornized with mass popular support. and which tonight is defying the army curfew. until the people of the generals win the fight for sudan. fergal keane, bbc news. jane: wikileaks founder julian assange was draggeddout of the ecan embassy by police in london todayseven years after taking refuge there. a u.k. court immediately found him guilty of jumping bail, and he faces the prospect of extradition to the u.s. washgton accuses him of conspiracy, but others see him as a champion of free speech. our correspoent james landale
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has more. james: this was the moment julian assange's seven years of self-imposed asylum came to an end. older, grayer perhaps, but still defiant, still protesting. the ecuadorian authorities revoked his asylum and allowed the police to arrest him for breaching bail.de inhe had resisted the officers, shouting, "this is fflawful, i'm not leaving," before they hand him. >> no one is above the law. julian assange is no hero. he has hidden from the truth for years and years. its right that his future should be decided in the british judicial system. james: this afternoon assange was brought to westminster's magistrate court. he gave a thumbs up to supporters outside and inside he waved to the public gallery. at the judge called h
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narcissist with a laughable defense and found him guilty of failing to surrender to the court in 2012. he was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date. he is also facing conspiracy charges in the united statesti re to a massive leak of government secrets almost a. decade aan >> this sets arous precedent for all media organizations and journalists in europe and elsewhered the world. this precedent means that any journalist can be extradited for prosecution in the united states for having published truthful infoation about the united states. james: t wikileaks website that julian assange founded has over the years published hundreds of thousandtaof secret mi and diplomatic documents, many from the u.s., revelations that government officials argued put lives at risk.rh
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s the most disturbing leak was this video of a u.s. military helicopter firing at iraqi civilians and journalists t a 2007 attack that left least 10 dead. >> this pertains to publishing trk nine years ago, publishing documents, videos killing of innocent civilians, exposure of war crimes. this is journalism. it is called conspiracy, conspiracy to commit journalism. james: in 2010 assange was investigated by swedish prosecutors over claims of sexual assault, allegations he oided bynd eventually seeking asylum in the ecuadorian embassy. from his diplomatic hole, it -- he continued to campaign andm defendlf, but eventually
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he outstayed the welcohis ecuadorian hosts, including new president lenin moreno. >> we have taken asylum away from this brat and removed the stone from our shoe. in the future we will give asylum to people who deserve it and not to miserable hackers whose only intention is to de james: to some, julian assange is a champion of free speech. to others, a dangerous conspiracy theorist. either way, after almost seven building, he is facing justice. this evening after assange left court by a back entrance, labor leader jeremy corbynhe should not be extradited. for now, the former guest of ecuador is facing a new life of confinement initially, at least , at the pleasure of her majesty's government. james landale, bbc news. s otherook at the day' news indians have voted in an election that is seen as a referendum on narendra modi.
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indians cast ballots in a 91 constituencies. seven-phase vote will continue until the 19th of may. michael avenatti, known for his battles with presint trump, as en charged with 36 counts of fraud and tax evasion and other financial crimes. he gained national attention for representing the adult-film st stormy daniels on hush money payments. it was arrested in new york -- na was arrested in new york on two separate cricomplaint filed by prosecutors in new york and california. in southern louisiana, the son of a local police deputy has been arrested in connection wite three at historically black churches. 21-year-old holden matthews has been charged with arson. nothorities are investigating the motive and havruled out the possibility of a hate crime. the british prime minister has been sending the six-month
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extension to brexit negotiated in brussels on wednesday. the u.k. was due to leave the eu without a deal tomrow but now has until october 31 to reach an agreement. theresa may told mps that ensuring brexit remains her priority, but crics accuse her of abject surrender and calling her to resign. here is our political editor laura kuenssberg.ur the fury isn't so fast anymore. right exit has slowed down the prime minister did not get her wa so is back explaining to parliament that we might not leave the european union for another six months. >> statement, the prime hnister. laur hope is to make it happen earlier, but not many on these benches think it can be done. prime min. may: i deeply regret ur have not been able to s agreement in this house for an deal that would allous to leave in a smooth, orderly way. i know that this whole debate is putting members of all sides of the house under immense pressure. laura: for brexit to happen
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anytime soon, the prime minister needs laborco tromise. but there's hostility between the two. ynmr. cosecond extension in a fortnight is not only another failure but another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire brexit proces laura: the delay is toxic for soie ts>> perseverance is a virt obstinancy is not. laura: eurosceptics know something about being stubborn as well. >> does my right honorab friend the prime minister her abjectthe anger surrender has generated across the country. will she resign? laura: a sharp collecttake of breath. prime min. may: i think you know the answer to that. laura: as per, usu the tories are split. >> thank you for going to
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brussels and coming back extension that means we are going to avoid the car crash and disaster that would havelv been in with a heart brexit. laura: ea delayed means more t for those pushing a radical solution to make their case. >> when more is in good enough, and it won't work. does she acknowledged that even if it wasn't what she wants, putting the withdrawal agreement to the public is the way to break this brexit deadlock? laura: that might be a long time coming, but so is the decision on delaying. it wasn't until the early hours of the mor the prime minister emerged to justify doing what she said she never would. you said just a few days ago, "as prime minister i cou not consider a delay beyond the 30th of june." except that is what you havere -- agreed here in the early hours.y ould people consider you are still the person to preside
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over this? prime min. may: we, look, what we have agreed tonight means we can leave the european unionof before the 30tune. what we need is to have an agreement in parliam can get through. laura: it is quite a stretch to imagine this could be wrapped up by the end of june. bytheresa may met jeremy c again this afternoon, putting energynto trying to find a compromise with labour. it is a tall order to imagine the two big parties could come together, and without a deal like that, there is no obvious other way through. the prime minister and maybe you, too, wanted all this gone bywi now, but nothin brexit has happened with haste. of the whole process is still slowing down. laura kuenssberg, bbc news,
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westminster. jane: you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, president trump suggests another north korean summit during a meeting at the white house with his south korean counterpart. a court in south korea has ruled that a long-standing ban on abortion is unconstitutional. under current law, women have abortions and doctors who perform them can be fined or imprisoned. the ruling states that the laws must change by the end of the year. hlaura as more from seoul. laura: there was jubilation the ruling some thought they would never hear. fell after the tears a long sure they would win.er having an abortion in south korea major risking a two-year prison s women went ahead anyway. >> finally i can tell my truth
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to the it is illegal because i know i am not wrong. it was a choice for my life. everybody should be able to do it. >> i feel like now i am not illegal. i am now more myself, and i'm very proud of myself for survivg until now. laura: this landmark ruling will not overturn the ban on abortion straightaway. the decision is put into the hands of politicians who have until cember 2020 to change the rules and keep his campaign is happy. --hacampaignery. activistsntiabortion shout antifeminist slogans. parts of south korea remain deeply conrvative, and there are large numbers of evangelical missions. --evangelical christians. fightt year i will
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to have laws to protect the fetus, women, and give responsibility two men. laura: historic and roger marshall, today's ruling -- historic a controversial, today's ruling is just the start. both sidesgh will fit to be heard next year as the new drafted ok, returning to one of our top stories, the arrest of wikileaks founder julian assange. for more on the case, and joined george washington law professor jonathan turley. this was a very specific charge that the u.s. brought against assange. why have they done that? there is aell, certain artificiality in this charge they clearly were going to bring ntditional charges in a superseding indict
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but those charges couldma complicated ther in terms of extradition. there has always been tension in the united states and great britain on extradition. the 2008 treaty was not popular in britain because some people raised concerns over the u.s. criminal justi system. the prosecutors tried to minimize he difficulties by bringing one or two un controversial counts. but that is still going to lead to questions by the court as to it doesn't seem like it is full of jane: but wcot would be so ntroversial about charging him with leaking or distribing stolen material? jonathan: well, it depends on the statute they proceed under. right now he is being charged with the rather mundane charge of i system.into a computer there is also the espionage act, which has been raised in the past. also, some government official i have said he a nonstate actor in an intelligence service, something that mane peopl
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vehemently disagree with. to the extent that the court eabelieves wikil is a public-interest organization or a journalistic organization,an these issues c be race and he has the right to appeal them. even the european court of human rights. jane: how sol is his defense that he was only acting as a journalist? jonathan: well, the u.s. government has tried to avoid shis issue, because it is unresolved what he. is he a journalist, a whistleblor, a dupe, a spy? everyone seems to disagree. they charged him with actually hacking, changing passwords and helping chelsea manning as she tried to hack the system. but the indictment is really light on evidence. directpicuously omits evidence that usedt password to cess himself. this is going to raise the of what hetimately
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was doing. times," bbck received classified nation as journalists and release it. in that sense, what he did seem to be a mediatype action. but if the assistein actual hacking, that is something no le journalist would do. jane: he is also wanted on allegations of rape. who is most likely to succeed in extradition? jonathan: well, the u.s. government has the morrful claim very likely here. it seems like they are driving the schedule. but keep in mind, there have been cases of extradition that have been refused. stthe ajority are successful when the uniteds states tr bring people in. but there is a case name to mckinnon -- this gentleman gary mckinnon was a hacker. his case went through considerable controversy. the home secretary at that time
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ultimately stopped the extradition. that home secretary's name was theresa may. it is possible that these cases can go all the way to the european cou of human rights. jane: jonathan, it is all fascinating. thank you very much indeed for joining me. we have to leave it there. president trump has left the door open to a third summit wit north korean leader kim jong-un after talks in hanoi collapsed earlier this year. but he said that sanctions would stay in place until pyongyang agreed to completely denuclearize. mr.mp tade the comments in the white house with south korean president moon jae-in. pres. trump: a third summit could happen, and it is step-by-step. it is not a fast process, i never said it would bemm i enjoy the s, i am enjoy being with the chairman. i think it has been very productive. formeroining me is a employee of the state department who is nowivt georgetown sity. as anything change that would justify a third summi
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>> no, not at all,jund kim jong-u today came out with a very strong statement directly at the united states stating that sanctions absolutely have to be removed for him to make any step forward. president trump essentially said that he was not going to remove any sanctions until north korea denuclearized. t and said the summit was possible and that the denuclearization process would take a long time. t we aree same impasse. jane: whatut role would korea have? could president deadlock?ak the balbina: that is essentially why president moon came to washington day. he did not come to me necessarily any impact on the nuclear deal itself, but he came precisely so that he uld try to make small steps essentially with north korea so that south korea could make some progress.
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but it is really all about the sanctions. apparently president trump was not willing to make any steps in terms of the sanctions themselves with south korea. jane: so what are the stakes for south korea? balbina: they are tremendous, because president moon is facing incredib domestic pressure at home. president moon needs something, ev something very small, to make progress with north korea. jane:d he y that the situation on the korean peninsula had improved. is that optimistic, or what does that look like? what does he mean by that? balbina: notbe necessarily, use for the south koreans that is true. as long as north korea is not firing rockets and missiles -- actually, south korea, that is, because it has alleviated some pressure. as long as presinent trump has down the rhetoric about rocket man and calling kim jong-un names, that does matter
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as far as south koreans are concerned. jane: there are reports that there has been activity at a rocket testing site in north korea. how disconcerting would that be? balbina:l, when we say activity, north koreans are always active inrthat regard. koreans are very smart in know thathat they they show the world. we know that north koreans have always been active. north korea has not stopped its activity in terms of what they are doing as far as posing a threat, and let's be realistic, north korea is and continues to be a threat to the outside world, and it is not just about its nuclear weapons. north korea is very, very serious military threat, it is a cyber threat, it is a threat on many levels to the world, and we need to be aware of this. jane: thank you very much indee. for joining a first oft to be
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its kind mission to the moon, a privately funded venture to land a spacecraft on the surface. instead, israeli space officials had to announce that they came up short, with the prime minister in attendance. >> we had a failure of theec spft. we have not managed to land it successfully. we are the seventh country to orbit the moon and the fourth to reach the moon's surface. it is a tremendous achievement up to now.dn >> well, we't make it, but we definitely tried. netanyahu: if at first you don't succeed, you try again. jane: officials say the israeli spacecraft, lled beresheet, attempted a soft landing but had several technical and communication problems near the lunar surface. until now only government space agencies frothe u.s., the
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> nawaz: good evening. i'm amna nawaz. judy woodruff is away. on the newshour tonight: wikiln eaks founder juliaassange is arrested at the ecuadorian embassy in london, after his asylum is revoked. then, a coup in sudan. after 30 years in power, president omar al-bashir is out after months of protests. and, a year and a half after hurricane irma struck the florida keys, residents are still struggling to rebuild homes lost in the storm. t we can't survive here, if the people that makengs run every day aren't, aren't here. and they can't stay if they don't have a place to live. >> nawaz: all that and more, on tonit's pbs newshour.

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